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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A stay-at-home order remains in effect this morning in Indiana. For many of you, that means a lot more family time, while juggling work, child care and other responsibilities.

Experts say even for the strongest relationship this new but temporary normal can be a challenge.

Family and Marriage Counselor Christy Aloisio of Healing Hearts of Indy has a few tips you can do to navigate this time.

  1. Communicate how you are feeling
    • If you’re the kind of person, who needs a quiet space while working, let your family and loved ones know that.
    • If you are feeling more anxiety during this time, talk it out with a loved one and figure out ways you can cope.
  2. Create a new routine
    • Families can sit down together and come up with a routine and make things feel a little more normal.
  3. Take time apart when needed
    • Get fresh air and give yourself space when needed.
    • Allow yourself time to recharge when feeling overwhelmed.
  4. Focus on the important things
    • Use this time to your advantage by spending quality time with family and loved ones.
    • This could mean enjoying a home cooked meal together, going for a bike ride or watching a movie.
  5. Stay in touch with others
    • Thanks to technology, there are plenty of other ways to communicate with others while social distancing.
    • Maintain relationships with friends and loved ones who are not living with you.